Small Open Water Fish?

Discussion in 'Marine Fish Discussions' started by moz, 17 Feb 2008.

  1. moz

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    Any suggestion on small (under 10cm) fish for open water, that don’t need multiple daily feedings like goldies? Not chromis either. And must be reef safe?
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi Moz - will have a look around & then let you know....
     
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    In tonights LINE UP, we have....

    Ignoring ubiquitous GREEN Chromis Chromis viridis

    The below, sparse list , include the species LEAST aggressive of their groups.
    Overwhelmingly Reef suited.
    Keep in mind, some may be kept in SINGLES, sexed-pair, or trio/groupings.
    Most won't peak around 100mm or smaller
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    Don't ignore BLUE Chromis Chromis cyanea

    Regal/Yellow tail Blue Damsel Chrysiptera parasema var. aff.

    Common Clown Amphiprion percula
    False Common Clown A ocellaris

    GOLD STRIPE Maroon Clown Premnas biaculeatus

    Pyjama Cardinal Sphaeremia nematoptera
    Gold Lined Cardinal Apogon chrysotaenia
    Banggaii Cardinal Pterapogon kauderni
    Blue-Eyed Ghost Cardinal Apogon leptacanthus

    Harlequin Chalk Bass Serranus tortugarum

    Yellow/Banana wrasse..either avail species, Substrate dependent

    Fairy/Flasher Wrasse MOST Pseudocheilinus and Cirrhilabrus spp.

    I am ignoring, for now, Centropyge Dwarf angels

    Ian, I'll help you find these ..when you're ready
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Cool Liaquat! Many thanks for your assistance in answering this! Cheers!
     
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    Why not try a Midas Blenny? They spend most of their time in open water, unlike most of their cousins that hang round the reef. And they are great characters.

    HTH,
    Neil
     
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    I second that, they make great additions and are ful of character.
     
  8. moz

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    Wow, thats quite a number of fish, I thought wrasses and Centropyge would stay near the bottom. Guess thats why I am here to learn from the masters.
     
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    Good choice, but...

    Yeah,OVERALL there is NOTHING wrong with these guys.
    They DO inhabit water column regularly.

    I'm not confident recommending them, for their MULTIPLE FEED requirement.
    [Overcome that, and they're in like Flynn!!!]

    They are , after all, supposed mimics of Sea Goldies , Pseudanthias squamipinnis, to benefit from high nutritional value zooplankton when sneaking INTO schools...;)

    The higher energy required to propel, and maintain themselves openwater, RAISES METABOLISM .

    The activity, thus drains the fish, and necessitates MORE FREQUENT feeds. It is after all a daylong grazer, and avid planktivore.

    The Pseudanthias, made the EXCLUDED/UNDESIRABLE list by Ian..... for the same reasons, methought?


     
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    ???????????????What you on about?

    I take it you have never kept one then??????????
     
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    I take it you have never kept one then??????????

    You obviously dont know Liaquat. hehehe
     
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    Kanga Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

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    I think Obi Wan has kept most things several times before:biggrin:
     
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    The Midas Touch

    Neil,

    Wow! Plenty of question marks.
    What did I do to deserve that?

    Something wrong, perhaps, with info I offered?

    FWIW
    I have kept more than most people for 1-5years, in various tanks, while mentoring/teaching aquarists.

    As well as personal imports, direct from collectors >>100 in the past few years...with more to follow into the future.

    From the typical, mustardy-beige, and brighter yellow individuals to the elusive Blue Midas blennies.

    I appropriately acclimatise, quarantine, wean onto aquarium fare, until feeding healthily and THEN passed onto retailers/hobbyists.

    I will continue to recommend Ecsenius midas as a great aquarium specimen,BUT with the necessary notes of caution, and good advice.

    My well-meaning and good intentioned reply aims to point out to Moz (Ian)

    - Who doesn't have a large aquarium(unlike your own)
    - Who doesn't have substantial amounts of live rock
    - who doesn't WANT to keep any species requiring MULTIPLE DAILY FEEDS

    Above are My reasons a Midas Blenny may not quite make HIS GRADING SYSTEM.

    I'd hate to have a fish, as attractive/endearing as it, slowly starve, KNOWING I could PREVENT the situation.

    I am adding to, and do not want to detract from this thread.
     
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